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Honey-Sesame Sheet Pan Cauliflower

You know what they say: New year, new cauliflower recipe. Wait, they don’t say that? Welp, we do. Time to add this honey-sesame sheet pan cauliflower (from Alex Snodgrass’s new cookbook, The Comfortable Kitchen) to your repertoire.

“In this meatless meal,” Snodgrass writes, “cauliflower gets promoted from a side dish to the main dish. I love how easy and flavorful this sheet pan cauliflower ‘stir-fry’ is. It’s sweet, savory and a little spicy from the Fresno chile. Served over a bowl of steamed rice, this is a veggie dish that any hungry foodie can get behind!”

We’re inclined to agree.

From The Comfortable Kitchen by Alex Snodgrass. Copyright © 2021 by Alex Snodgrass. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

2 servings

1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets (about 6 cups)

¼ cup avocado oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon white sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

¼ cup coconut aminos

1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional; non-vegetarian)

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

¼ cup honey

¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth

2 garlic cloves, minced

1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 teaspoon arrowroot flour

¼ cup seeded and roughly chopped Fresno chiles (about 2 small chiles)

Steamed rice, optional for serving

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro or Thai basil, for serving